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Keep Calm and Carry on with Nuclear Power, Part II

A little over two weeks after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, I wrote a column for The Hill, “Keep calm and carry on with nuclear power,” in which I stated: Now is not the time...more

FRA Issues Safety Advisory to All Passenger Railroads in Response to Recent Amtrak and Metro-North Derailments

On June 9, 2015, the Federal Railroad Administration ("FRA") issued Safety Advisory 2015-03 requiring passenger railroads to make operational and signal modifications to ensure compliance with speed restrictions. The FRA is...more

Minnesota Session Ends With Governor Threatening Veto

The Minnesota legislature concluded its business last evening with Governor Mark Dayton threatening to veto a $17 billion public education funding bill – a threat he carried through with earlier today. The governor issued the...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Save the Plane – Or Save Yourself From a Libel Suit?

Fear of liability may match fear of flying for many Americans. We all know that commercial aviation is one of the safest forms of modern transportation. But it only takes a gut-wrenching drop of an aircraft in the...more

As Drones “Take Off” Legal Consequences Remain Uncertain

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), have received extensive media coverage over the past few years. Whether the discussions about drones are related to the unmanned...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 04/2015

The legislature returned from a week off and started putting together omnibus finance bills, which must be out of committees by April 24. With just over a month left in the session, the pace of activity will continue to...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

The legislature has finished the 11th week of session, meaning only nine weeks remain before the 2015 session comes to a close. With the first bill deadline approaching at the end of next week, committees have been conducting...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 137, interview with Loren Steffy [Video]

In this episode I visit with Loren Steffy, former business columnist from the Houston Chronicle. ...more

Red Light Camera Data Can Bolster Support

Communities across the country are engaging in an ongoing debate about red light cameras. Proponents argue that red light cameras promote public safety by incentivizing drivers to follow the law and drive cautiously....more

State Regulators Are On Track To Improve Oil Train Safety

Our November 13 post noted that most of the crude oil from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota is shipped to ports and refineries throughout the United States by rail, typically in unit trains with one hundred cars or more....more

All Shook Up: California's Fragmented Earthquake Safety, Seismic Safety Upgrade and Seismic Hazard Disclosure Laws

The recent Napa earthquake caused significant damage to buildings in the historic downtown areas of the cities of Napa and Vallejo, and brought to the fore the limited extent to which California law requires seismic safety...more

Guilty Convictions in Salmonella Trial May Signify Landmark in Criminal Food-Safety Prosecutions

This space has thoroughly explored the various forms of civil liability food companies face for the mislabeling and/or deceptive marketing of their products. Last week, a set of landmark convictions in a criminal food-safety...more

Drone on Drones: Farm Lands are Fertile Ground for High-Tech Tool

From an auspicious beginning — with intended uses like data collection for farmers — unmanned aerial vehicles have increasingly become associated with military operations in the public consciousness. Yet, as drones become...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: No Fourth or Fourteenth Amendment Violations For Using Deadly Force to Terminate Dangerous High-Speed Chase

Deadly force may be used if the driver poses a grave public safety risk - Overview: The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that officers did not violate a suspect’s Fourth or Fourteenth amendment rights when they opted...more

Massachusetts, Where Only Young Rubber Hits the Road

Massachusetts is considering An Act to Increase Road Safety (H3016), which will require issuance of a rejection certificate for any vehicle equipped with a light-truck or passenger tire, including a full-service spare, more...more

Public Safety Recruitment and Retention Challenges Return with the Economy

The challenge of recruitment and retention for law enforcement has plagued the profession for the past two decades. Back in the dot com boom era, law enforcement agencies were having a difficult time recruiting qualified...more

States Legislate Snow and Ice Removal from Cars – Is New York Next?

Most motorists are aware of the many safety hazards that winter driving presents. The roads are icy, which can lead to skidding and an inability to effectively apply the brakes. Visibility is lowered due to the snow, fog, and...more

Calif. To Make Waves With New Drinking Water Standard

On Dec. 17, 2013, Judge Evelio Grillo of the Alameda County Superior Court ordered the California Department of Public Health ("CDPH") to finalize regulations establishing drinking water standards for hexavalent chromium...more

Democratic House Leadership Does Not Want TPP to Undermine Public Health

Last month, in a letter sent to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman, five Representatives reiterated the importance of incorporating the 2007 Bipartisan Agreement on Trade Policy into the Trans-Pacific...more

Rethinking the Structure of Policing

More and more cities throughout California are looking for ways to cut public safety costs. Typically, cities consider contract services from neighboring law enforcement agencies to consolidate or provide services. What are...more

Court Rules No Violation of Public Safety Officers Bill of Rights During Internal Affairs Administrative Interviews

Officers Not Entitled to an Attorney During an Administrative Investigation Under POBRA - Overview: Police officers sued the City of Los Angeles for violations of their civil rights and under the Public Safety Officers...more

The Safer Consumer Products Regulation

Depending on one’s perspective, California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, with its vast array of burdensome requirements, trade secret concerns and potential to ban certain products, will either cause business to flee from...more

FCC Seeking Comments on Proposed Changes to Public Safety Communications Spectrum

4.9 GHz Licensing Rule Changes Proposed - The FCC recently called for comments on proposed changes to the 4.9 GHz public safety communications licensing rules, including making non-public safety entities eligible...more

Public Safety And Wireless Deployment: 700 MHz Broadband Broadband/Narrowband; 800 MHz Rebanding; RF Radiation Safeguards...

In This Presentation: - 700 MHz Broadband - 700 MHz Narrowband - 800 MHz rebanding - RF radiation safeguards - Excerpt from 700 MHz Broadband: • Single national public safety license: FCC, 2007;...more

California Adopts Nationally Ground-Breaking Safer Consumer Product Regulations

California's Green Chemistry Initiative blazes a new trail for consumer products in the United States, establishing a comprehensive approach aimed at reducing — over time — exposures to hazardous chemicals commonly found in a...more

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